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Emmanuel Preschool

enriching, developmentally-appropriate, play-based education

Founded in 1968, Emmanuel Preschool (EPS) offers an enriching, developmentally-appropriate, play-based education for preschool-age children. We strive to prepare children to be confident learners who can transition smoothly to future settings by providing a rich and well-rounded educational environment in which children are met at their individual developmental level.  In all that we do, we seek to build a strong community where children, families and faculty feel supported, inspired and valued.

EPS Program At-A-Glance

School Year: We operate a play-based preschool program, September 12, 2022-June 9, 2023.

Day Programs: We offer a two-day program for 2-year-olds, a three-day program for 3-year-olds, and a 5-day program for 4 & 5-year-olds.

School hours: 9:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. for all classes.

Meals: Children bring a lunch and snack from home each day.

At Emmanuel Preschool (EPS), we believe that children learn best through play and their relationships and interactions with peers and caring adults. We strive to: 

Foster children’s cognitive development and social/emotional growth


Encourage children to practice social skills, including taking turns; sharing; respecting oneself, others and the environment


Provide opportunities for children to develop independence and to practice problem-solving and decision-making skills


Cultivate children’s self-expression through imagination, creativity and language

Use a play-based curriculum to teach literacy, math, science, art, music and communication skills in a way that piques children’s interest and curiosity

Provide opportunities for physical activity to foster both gross and fine motor development and build small and large muscle skills through varied forms of play

Age Group Eligibility

Emmanuel Preschool uses the Alexandria City Public School's (ACPS) age group requirements for the 2023-24 school year.


EPS age eligibility is as follows:

  • 2s Classes: Children born between October 1, 2020 and September 30, 2021

  • 3s Classes: Children born between October 1, 2019 and September 30, 2020

  • 4/5s Classes: Children born between October 1, 2018 and September 30, 2019

New Student Applications | Due February 22, 2023

TWe are accepting applications for the 2023-24 school year!  Follow this link for our application.


  • New Student Applications are due by Wednesday, February 22, 2023.

  • Please complete one application per child.

  • A non-refundable application fee of $75 (max $100 per family) is due with the application.  Please make checks payable to "Emmanuel Preschool" and include your child(ren)'s name(s) on the memo line.

  • Checks may be brought to the school during school hours or dropped off during non-school hours at the EPS drop box located on the Mason Street side of the building. This application fee must be received by EPS within three (3) days of completing an online application.

Enrollment Packet & Deposit | Due March 10, 2023

Families will be informed of acceptance or waitlist status on March 1, 2023. At that time, each family will receive an online Enrollment Packet. Enrollment Packets must be completed by March 10, 2023, and the following non-refundable enrollment deposits are also due at that time:

2-Day Program for 2s: $380 (includes supply fee of $175)
3-Day Program for 3s: $510 (includes supply fee of $225)
5-Day Program for 4/5s: $655 (includes supply fee of $275)

Enrollment deposit includes a one-time supply fee and 1/2 month's tuition.

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